Archive for September, 2013

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The Modern Day Holocaust

September 30, 2013

It’s online! The video for Robert Boud‘s new project The Modern Day Holocaust featuring Call Me Greenhorn‘s Cutthroats at Midnight. Now, I already stated my opinion on this, so here’s what Robert had to say about it:

The images display the horrors the Jewish people went through all those years ago, but does so by showing other faiths in their place and with them. The reason being, is that this could have happened to any faith and still could if we don’t put a stop to persecution and racism. To give things a more modern perspective and a greater sense of how this MAY be relevant to today’s society it features some political symbolism you should recognise.

Check it out, visit Robert’s blog here and his official Facebook here.

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Call Me Greenhorn – The Ghost of Lee Van Cleef

September 30, 2013
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Well, fall’s here and with some 30 days left ’til Halloween I thought it was time to release this lil’ baby: Call Me Greenhorn‘s The Ghost of Lee Van Cleef! Three tracks in total mixing Halloween novelty music with spaghetti western tunage – all honoring cinema’s proverbial bad guy.

This has got a pretty unique feel to it, and I haven’t listened to it in a while (this was written and recorded in June, which in my time was some 2,000 years ago, ha ha ha), and I think it holds up pretty nicely. The second track Time Out, Clint! especially, since it marks the time when I really started getting the hang of the organ and managed to get some serious noodling going on.

Available on Bandcamp here, you can give the title track a spin below and via my SoundCloud. Spread the word.

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Get Sticky

September 29, 2013
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Well, this sure feels a bit shallow after my previous post, but this weekend saw me starting adding some sticker designs on Red Bubble. Six of these puppies are part of the all-new Out of the Crypt series, exclusive for the format, and I’m contemplating creating more in the future. Dimensions are roughly 3×4″ printed on waterproof die-cut vinyl. Get more than six and receive a 50% discount. Check ’em out here.

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Cutthroats at Midnight (video)

September 29, 2013
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Well, as I just finished watching the video for Robert Boud‘s series The Holocaust twice, I found myself utterly speechless by the results. Ironically enough it gave me the urge to say something, or at least try to sum up how watching it made me feel. And analyzing that makes me realize we’re onto something pretty damn good here. When was the last time something gave you goosebumps?

I know I jest with the “art is the enemy” tag – my problem has never been with “art” per se, but rather some of the ridiculous pretensions that comes along with it –  as I feel that true art should affect you in some way or another. Either make you angry, or laugh, or – as in this case – render you utterly speechless with its visceral power. After the initial viewing all I could muster up was a quiet, mumbly  “wow”. This is as dark, ugly, and vicious as the insanities that took place in Europe 70 years ago. It’s like a punch in the gut, a kick in the balls, affirming me that at such a young age, Robert’s already onto creating something that truly grabs you.

The video is some damn powerful stuff and I found myself holding my breath towards the end of it – and I’m familiar with both the song and the imagery, ha ha ha. I’m looking forward to Robert making it official so I can share it with you guys. ‘Til then you should join him on Facebook here.

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Round ’em Up!

September 27, 2013
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Well, that was a quick week! Jeez, I’m guessing ol’ Einstein* was right after all. Anyhoo, another productive week, or make that “semi-productive” (I’ll get into that), and here’s what’s new in Camp Sellergren:

The image at the top is my finished ad for the upcoming issues of Loud Comix, a collection of comics written by punk rock heroes and illustrated by Jamie Vayda. There’s tons of cool stuff to come (the first edition features stories written by Sonny Harlan, Alan King, Frankie Nowhere and Erika Lane), and yours truly is doing the sleeve for the second issue out in November. Distributed by Birdcage Bottom Books you can get your copy here. Find Jamie on Facebook here.

Things have been real slow over at Society 6. My God Save the Queen art print sure got some attention, but other than that I haven’t had time to produce much at all (again, I’ll get into that). I got around to add some sticker designs over at Red Bubble (some turned out real neat like Lysergic Saucer-Man), so check them out here. My official Facebook page broke the 1,000 followers limit these past few days (yay!), and cool artists I found on S6 are Olive Primo Design + Illustration, Jazzberry Blue, and Hillary White producing more awesomeness with her Sir C.H.U.D. portrait. Check them all out!

Speaking of art, you gotta go check out Jason Edmiston‘s stuff! This guy is just amazing. Mainly focusing on horror-themed art, he also got some cool music-related stuff like this mutant Joey Ramone portrait that is just gorgeous. On average, prices range from $40 up to $85 (a bargain considering the quality of his work!) so check him out and show some love.

In the cool t-shirt department, Madman Marz announced on the official Facebook page that they’re kicking off their Halloween holiday sale deducting $10 off their prices, starting October 1st. More info here.

Music-wise I’ve been busy working on Call Me Greenhorn‘s Cutthroats at Midnight EP. This track made a bit of a stir and I was pleasantly surprised seeing Gorilla Film Magazine once again plugging it along with Robert Boud‘s video for Armageddon Dub! Things came to a halt though since Sweden decided to introduce “Blitzkrieg Winter”, having the temperature make a staggering drop from an average of +15 degrees to zero (make that 59 – 32 F) in one day and the next thing you know I’m sick as a dog and blowing earth tone rainbows into tissues. Got four songs finished though and I’ll get right back to it as soon as I feel better.

Have a great weekend!

*Einstein calculated that the closer an object travels at the speed of light, the slower time passes. This applies, of course, the other way ’round as well. And with the universe being a result of Big Bang – a humongous explosion we’re still in the middle of! – that’s slowly losing its momentum, we actually are experiencing time speeding up.

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Bigfoot Greenhorn

September 27, 2013
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Get yours!

Here’s a bit of news I’d like to share with you guys: As of now I am a staff contributor to US-based blog The Bigfoot Diaries. Me and Troy (Church, editor-in-chief) go back a while and he asked me to climb onboard earlier this week.  I gotta admit it came as a total surprise and took some convincing on his part before I said yes. Time is a factor, I can free up very little of what I have and I really want to do a good job at it. But I’ll give it my best and hope everybody’s happy. As of now it looks like I will mainly post links and news on their official Facebook page, but there might be some articles coming on the blog as well later on.

While on the subject: I think there are still some of the posters I designed available for those who wants to support independent media. These babies are 11″ X 17″, printed in a limited numbered edition and made of the highest quality card stock. Only $10 plus $5 shipping and handling, foreign rates will be higher. Ordering details via the blog.

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God Save the Queen

September 23, 2013
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Well, apparently Miley Cyrus is considered “punk rock” now after that twerk move at MTV‘s VMA (whatever the hell that is), and after reading a dumb as shit, an article claiming her to be just so by doing said “twerk”, I decided to without any further ado hail her with the good old Sex Pistols‘ anthem God Save the Queen. Available as both art print, stretched canvases, stationery cards as well as iPhone/iPod cases and skins. Get it here.

Now, speaking of this classic I found it fascinating how some of Johnny Rotten‘s lyrics (granted, taken out of context) kinda fit a, well, former Disney artist-turned-rebel that sure shakes her ass and sticks her tongue out a lot. Signifying nothing I might add. They made you a moron. They sure did. We love our queen/We mean it maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan! And so do I.

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Cutthroats at Midnight

September 22, 2013
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Hey, check it out: I was recently approached by UK photographer Robert Boud to produce a track for his upcoming video based on the series The Holocaust. We collaborated earlier this year when he used Call Me Greenhorn‘s track Armageddon Dub for his brilliant series Aftermath Apocalypse (a match made in heaven if you ask me), and yesterday saw me finally having the time to sit down and produce something fitting for his project.

Entitled Cutthroats at Midnight I did a sort of weird blend between the horror synth sounds of John Carpenter and the Jamaican dub stylings of King Tubby. On paper it may look like a pretty damn unlikely combo, but I think it kinda works. Got a nice, menacing feel while still delivering a groove of sorts.

The video will be out later this year (I think), I’ll get working on a couple of more tracks to have an EP’s worth of material to release on Call Me Greenhorn DUB, and in the mean time give the track a spin below.

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Friday Night Roundup

September 20, 2013
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Well, here we go with the end of another week and again another roundup. First off I wanna plug my recent Society 6 addition: Man is The Warmest Place to Hide. It took me a week to finish and I really busted ass on this one as I am a fan of John Carpenter‘s The Thing and wanted it to turn out just right. I am psyched by the results so make sure to check it out!

More great work found on S6 is Casey Weldon (that kinda reminds me of Mark Ryden‘s work), Guiseppe Cristiano, GBret, MZart-Mel Bohrer, Andrew Henry, and Hillary White, who truly’s got something unique going! The classics meets pop culture like you never seen before. Check ’em all out!

Music wise Death Waltz Recording Company made a couple of tracks from the coming release of the soundtrack from Lucio Fulci‘s New York Ripper available on their SoundCloud. The album will go on sale next Friday, so check it out here, and while on the subject the label will also release a four-track EP with Goblin to coincide with their first US tour.

More found sounds on SoundCloud is Panhandle‘s Click Clap. Released by Finders Keepers Records this track is just amazing! There’s something hypnotic about the damn thing and I can’t stop listening to it. And with 14,000+ plays I guess I’m not the only one. Just brilliant!

Aussie musician The Jimmy C also released a couple of new tracks on SoundCloud: Two Ween covers slated for an upcoming tribute album, Even If You Don’t and Don’t Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy). My fave is the first one, but give ’em both a spin!

In other news Call Me Greenhorn‘s fake-OST L’Isola dei Morti Viventi is still moving steadily upwards. Kinda weird considering it was a 100% fan boy project, but I am not complaining. Just goes to show that you really should vent that inner nerd. Give it a spin below and get it via Bandcamp here.

Other than that I found the time to catch the amazing photos collected by Superchief in their 80 Photos of Old New York (1970 – 1989) post, and apparently yesterday (September 19th according to the official website) was Talk Like a Pirate Day. I totally missed out on that one. Did you celebrate?

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Pink Hulk (update)

September 14, 2013
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Well, here’s a change of plans that I didn’t expect to announce: Call Me Greenhorn‘s two-track digital single Pink Hulk has been released, but not via dubmusic.com. After an abysmal week dealing with all sorts of hassles – MP3 files lost, a ludicrous file size limit, flawed programming that makes a simple thing such as updating your profile a damn nightmare – I decided to remove all content and launch a second page on Bandcamp where I can upload the occasional Dub track.

Now, call me a hard-ass, but I fully believe that when you set out to run anything – a blog, a band, a website, a business etc. – you better have your shit together. I have no patience for anybody that should’ve taken their time to check and double-check that everything was set to go at a level of acceptable professionalism before launching their project, and if you keep excusing people stuck in that sort of mindset/behavior the only thing that’ll happen is they’ll keep doing it. And that’s not the way I choose to deal with things.

Anyway, the page is up and running and I’ll add stuff every now and then – probably just singles and EPs ’cause a full album’s worth just seems unlikely to produce at this moment. Check out the four-track The Titan Was Deemed Unsinkable EP and the new “single” (featuring Pink Dub that came out pretty damn nifty!) at http://greenhorndub.bandcamp.com, and give it a spin below:

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